Category Archives: News and Events

BCD Tradeshows, conferences, webinars and other activities.

New email domain for BCD, Quadrant and ExcelSystems

Last June, Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems were acquired by Fresche Solutions, a leading provider of IBM i application modernization and management solutions. Since then, we been working as a single integrated company that continues to invest and support Quadrant and BCD products, support and services.

We have decided that now is the right time to move all of our employees to the same email domain. Last week, we transitioned all of our email addresses to

This means that email addresses of all our employees that ended in @bcdsoftware, @quadrantsoftware, @excelsystems and @freschelegacy have been changed to @freschesolutions.

To ensure that our emails are still delivered to you, we encourage you to add the domain to your email safe sender list. Here are some instructions to do this in Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010. All emails sent to Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems addresses will be automatically forwarded to their new corresponding Fresche Solutions address.

We remain committed to keeping the Quadrant and BCD brands visible and active in the market. Their websites will remain active and continue to be the primary source of information on the solutions those brands offer. All of your contact points for each brand will also remain the same.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission to help our customers with all their IBM i application needs. We are more committed than ever to providing the broadest set of solutions and best expertise available in the IBM i market.

If you have any questions, please email us at We’d be happy to help you!

Attending COMMON? Join us at our customer appreciation event!

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to meeting those of you who are attending! This year, Fresche and BCD will be hosting a customer appreciation night the evening of May 8 where we’ll have food, drinks and plenty of room to mingle. Let us know if you will be attending COMMON and we’ll send you an invitation to our event.

While you’re at the show, be sure to stop by our booth (#309) to learn more about our newest release of Presto and to discuss any of the challenges you face with application modernization and management. We’ll be on hand to answer your technical questions and show you how you can make the most of your IBM i.

We also invite you attend one of our 18 sessions to hear our experts talk about a wide range of IBM i topics.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

IBM i Info Session Tomorrow: Know Your Applications, Remove Your Risk

Many IBM i organizations have large, undocumented systems that make it difficult to onboard new staff. These organizations also find it difficult to analyze the impact of changes to the applications. Sound familiar?

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19th) at 3pm EDT to learn how Fresche’s application analysis and documentation suite, X-Analysis, can help you better maintain, enhance and evolve your IBM i applications. You’ll learn how you can use X-Analysis to:

  • Quickly onboard new staff with application and database documentation
  • Reduce risk & simplify maintenance with automated impact analysis
  • Make informed decisions with a 360-degree view of your applications and data that everyone can understand
  • Get IBM i application projects out the door faster

You can register here.

We hope to see you there!

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Attending COMMON? See the newest releases, attend our mobile session and enter our drawing

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans is just around the corner and we’re looking forward to seeing you those of you who are attending.

Please let us know if you’ll be there so we can share
details with you about a special Quadrant and BCD event! 

While you’re at the show, please stop by the Quadrant and BCD Software booth (#515) where you can enter to win a pair Bose QuietComfort headphones. We’ll be on hand to answer your technical questions and show you the latest releases including Presto’s skin editor, WebSmart’s responsive templates, WebSmart for Node.js and Formtastic 10.

We also invite you to attend our session, “Rapidly Create First-Rate Mobile Applications with BCD Solutions,” on Monday, May 16 at 2pm.

See you in NOLA!

Join BCD and Quadrant at these Spring conferences

Tradeshow season is quickly approaching and the BCD-Quadrant team is looking forward to attending several IBM i conferences and user groups. If you’re attending any of the following events, please check out our sessions and stop by our booth for technical demos and exciting information about the latest releases.

    • WMCPA: March 15-17 in Delavan, WI
      • See our WebSmart PHP demo in the Rich UI Tech Showcase on Tuesday.
    • RPG & DB2 Summit: March 22-23 in Dallas, TX
      • Contact us for a promo code to save $200 off your individual Summit registration!
    • NEUGC: April 11-13 in Framingham, MA
    • COMMON: May 15-28 in New Orleans
      • Register by April 14 to save $200 with the Early Bird Rate!
      • Attend our session on Monday: Rapidly Create First-Rate Mobile Applications with BCD.

We hope to see you this Spring!

Take BCD’s five-minute survey and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Have you taken BCD and Quadrant’s IBM i solutions and strategies survey yet? If not, we’d like to hear from you. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and you could enter to win 1 of 15 $100 Amazon gift cards! *

We strive to help BCD customers get more out of their investment in IBM i and appreciate your input as it helps influence our product direction.

* Survey closes Friday, December 11. One entry per person. IBM i organizations only please.

WebSmart PHP webinar: See the fastest way to develop mobile and desktop applications

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on October 1, 2015.

If you’ve ever thought about developing PHP web applications on IBM i, please join us for a high-level WebSmart webinar tomorrow (Thursday, October 1) at 2pm EDT.

We’ll discuss why PHP is a great web development choice and show you what’s possible with WebSmart PHP. We’ll also do a short tech demo of the product.

You can register here. We hope to see you there!

COMMON Recap: IBM i is alive and well

It was great to see those of you who attended last week’s COMMON Conference and our PHP reception in Anaheim. There was so much positive energy at this year’s event.

Pete Massiello kicked off the opening session with a motivational presentation on the IBM i’s bright future. If you’re interested in details about the keynote speech, which mentioned double-digit revenue growth for IBM i, please read IT Jungle’s recap.

We always enjoy catching up with all of our IBM i friends. Plenty of Quadrant and BCD customers stopped by our brand-new booth and some even showed us the solutions they’ve created using our tools. We had a large amount of staff on hand to demo our new releases, including the upcoming WebSmart PHP Z-Ray extension and Presto 6.1.

From left to right: Marcel Sarrasin and Steve Woodard (Quadrant and BCD Software) Tim Rowe (IBM), Amy Anderson (Zend)

We’re continuing to see a lot interest in application modernization and mobile, which were the topics of our sessions. It was also clear to me that our customers really see the value of our products and services. I heard many existing customers say that the support for our solutions are the best they’ve had, and that our products are intuitive and perform “better than spec.” One customer even mentioned that they do 27,000 faxes a day with FastFax. Another customer has created over 2,000 RPG applications with ProGen Plus and hundreds of web applications with WebSmart ILE.

We also co-hosted a PHP reception with Zend that many IBM i-on-PHP experts and developers attended. It was incredible to showcase our partnership with Zend and hear what people are accomplishing with PHP on IBM i.

We look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale this fall!

BCD and Zend: Our expanded partnership and what it means for you

You may have heard that we recently announced a significant expansion to our partnership with Zend.  We’re very excited about this news because it enables us to offer a more complete PHP solution, from rapid application development to deployment and services. You’ll soon see more integration between BCD and Zend, including an upcoming Z-Ray extension in WebSmart PHP.

You can read more in IT Jungle’s recent article, Zend and BCD Get a Little Closer For PHP.

We’re also hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 21 with Zend’s Mike Pavlak. If you’re running PHP applications on Zend Server – or considering using PHP in the future – I highly recommend you attend this session. You’ll see how Zend Server 8 and Z-Ray help you optimize and debug PHP faster. You can sign up here.

Quadrant and BCD Software at COMMON: See the new releases, enter our drawing and attend a session

If you’re attending COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, drop by the Quadrant and BCD Software booth (#101) where you can enter to win a GoPro Hero3 camera. While you’re there, we’ll be happy to answer your technical questions, demo the newest releases and discuss how our recent partnership expansion with Zend can benefit you.

We also invite you to attend our sessions:

Let us know if you’ll be there!